After reversing course on holding the 2020 G-7 summit at his Trump National Doral resort over the weekend, Trump spent time Monday defending the plan and railing against its critics, including gesturing to the gathered media, saying:

"You people with this phony Emoluments Clause'

Which CNN quickly fact-checked with a graphic consisting of the language of the relevant clause in the U.S. Constitution.

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As scrutiny builds on whether or not he's used the presidency to bring greater profits to his businesses, President Donald Trump railed against "Radical Left Democrats" on Twitter before implying that former President Barack Obama should be investigated for his Netflix deal.

Obama was a private citizen for around a year and a half before announcing that he and former First Lady Michelle Obama signed the deal to produce films and series with the streaming service.

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DUBLIN, IRELAND - SEPTEMBER 03: US Vice President Mike Pence holds a press conference with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Farmleigh House on September 3, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland. The Vice President is on an official two-day visit to Ireland and is staying at President Trump's golf course resort Doonbeg in County Clare. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)

Vice President Mike Pence's trip to Ireland has been mired in controversy for his decision to lodge in President Donald Trump's Doonbeg Resort. As if patronizing untold amounts of taxpayer money to your boss's private endeavors while on a publicly funded visit wasn't fishy enough, Doonbeg Resort isn't even near Dublin, where Pence's meetings and appearances are being held.

In fact, Doonbeg Resort is 180 miles away. So why did Pence take Trump's suggestion to stay there, despite its lack of transparency and integrity?

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The state of Maryland and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump for violating the U.S. Constitution’s “emoluments” clause. But Trump's legal team says their employer has "absolute immunity."

The U.S. Constitution’s Emoluments Clause bars U.S. officials, elected or appointed, from accepting gifts or payments from foreign entities without receiving congressional approval. It also bars the president from receiving gifts and payments from individual states.

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The Attorneys General (AG) of Washington D.C. and Maryland filed suit against President Donald Trump for violations of the U.S. Constitution's Emoluments Clause. Now, despite efforts on behalf of the president to have the suit dismissed, a judge ruled their lawsuit will proceed.

No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State." U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 9, Clause 8

However, Judge Peter Messitte of the US District Court of Maryland restricted the scope of the case to the jurisdictions of the AGs involved in the lawsuit. This includes any Trump Organization holdings in Washington D.C. or Maryland, but excludes others such as Mar-a-Lago in Florida.

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Trump Tower skyscraper at 5th Avenue and 56th Street on August 24th, 2013 in New York City. (Waring Abbott/Getty Images)

Since the 2016 election, President Donald J. Trump’s critics have complained that his businesses are illegally profiting as a result of his presidency. While it’s true that some Trump-owned or branded properties have seen their fortunes rise, for others the Trump name has become a liability.

The Trump name is emblazoned on at least 50 hotel, condo, and commercial properties worldwide. In addition, the golf-loving president’s name adorns 19 courses from Los Angeles to Indonesia, “representing world-class luxury and excellence synonymous with the Trump brand,” according to the Trump Golf web site. Not all of the properties that bear the Trump name, often presented in shiny gold capital letters, are owned by Trump. Many simply license his name, seeking to literally cash in on the glitz and cachet of the Trump name.

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